AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 1/15/2005 09:10:00 PM ----- BODY: Reid is Powerless - Senator Harry Reid, the new Democratic leader, can't seem to control his caucus. First, Senator Barbara Boxer challenges the electoral vote count, reportedly against Reid's wishes. Then, Senator Ted Kennedy gave a speech in which he suggested Iraq was "Bush's Vietnam," said the president had no mandate and called for Democrats to become more liberal. Now, Senator Boxer is set to embarrass the Democrats and their leader once again. She plans to use ad hominem attacks against Condoleeza Rice during the secretary of state-designate's confirmation hearings. There's nothing wrong with having questions about Rice's qualifications, but to suggest that Rice has "no respect for the truth" is beyond the pale. Someone in the Democrat party needs to reign in the excesses of those like Boxer and Kennedy. Reid, apparently, is not that person. Maybe, if Republicans are lucky, no one will take the role. --------